Coach's Spotlight - Jessica Denst | CrossFit 312

Coach’s Spotlight – Jessica Denst


Meet our coach, Jessica Denst!


Favorite CrossFit movement:

Favorite Workout Song:
Jock Jams on Pandora – I currently get super excited over Technotronic – Move This

Favorite Hero/Benchmark WOD:
Jackie! She was my first benchmark WOD so I think I have some special feelings for her.

Favorite Food:
It’s a tie between burritos and donuts! They both hit my menu at least twice a week.

What inspired you to become a CrossFit coach?
During the time I’ve been crossfitting I have had specific coaches that I would say have inspired, pushed and molded me into a better crossfitter and overall person. They’ve helped change my life and I want to give back to others what they’ve done for me!

What has been your best coaching experience so far?
I’ve coached many classes where the athlete is coming in to try CF for the first time. Oftentimes I hear someone say they will never be able to do a pullup or a pushup but by the end of the class they are surprised and excited when they were able to do that pullup or pushup. I always tell people there is no “I can’t” because there is always a way to modify or scale anything in CrossFit.

If you could give someone new to CrossFit just one piece of advice, what would it be?
Ask questions! When I first started CF I was too scared to ask anything. If I didn’t know what a movement was I would look around the room to see what others were doing which wasn’t helping me at all. Coaches love to answer questions and it makes us better athletes when we ask! When I started asking more questions I found myself not only becoming a better athlete but enjoying CrossFit much more!

Would you share with us your favorite tip or cue that we might find useful to use in our training?
Don’t cherry pick WOD’s! If there are specific movements you dislike those are the WOD’s that should be done! I’ll be the first to admit that when I see wallballs I suddenly get “ill”! But, I always make myself do the WOD and it not only helps to increase my mental toughness but I feel awesome for pushing through!

If “YOUR NAME” was a WOD, what would it be?
The “JMarie” would be a low rep WOD consisting of double-unders, t2b, hang power cleans (not too heavy) and pistols. It also would be no longer than 10 minutes.

What movement challenges you most and what are you doing to improve?
As much as I love the snatch it is also the movement that challenges me the most. We have a love/hate relationship and I’ve spent almost a year working to improve my technique.

What CrossFit athlete do you aspire to be most like?
Valerie Volborio – When I think of big name CF athletes I think of the ones who have dedicated their lives to training daily. Oftentimes these athletes are spending hours in the gym doing multiple workouts. Valerie is a full time teacher and a mother so she only has 90 minutes a day to dedicate to CrossFit. To me that’s inspiring and motivating!

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